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Boll Weevil 

The venerable Steerburger at the Weev is hard to beat!  Especially when you add a few jalapeño slices.  Their great family meal deals are rounded out by a nice order of homely nachos. 


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Turkey Inn

Ramona’s quintessential dive bar, the Turkey Inn.  A local institution since 1938.  Today they still serve the cheapest drinks in Ramona.  Locals refer to it affectionately as “the bird”.  We visit every now and then, usually only after a recent tetanus shot. 


Way Point Saloon 

Way Point Saloon has the most impressive onion ring tower I’ve encountered!  What stands out for me is how hot & crispy they come out of the kitchen coupled with an outstanding fry sauce.  The rings here are beer battered and definitely in the top two of Ramona when it comes to onion rings.  23 draft beers on tap is a pretty good draw too!

Coyote Joe’s 

Outstanding chips, salsa and cerveza at Coyote Joe’s on Catalina Island!

Buffalo Nickel Restaurant 

Our favorite restaurant to eat at every time we visit Catalina Island is always Buffalo Nickel!  Aside from the amazing burgers and whatnot, they have a surprisingly good selection of Mexican food.  Here’s a great order of flautas and some outstanding chips & salsa!


Descanso Beach Club

Outstanding popcorn shrimp appetizer at the Descanso Beach Club on Catalina Island!  Just a short walk north from the casino is this amazing oasis. 

Bruski Burgers & Brew

Outstanding family owned restaurant in Scripps Ranch since 2011,  Bruski offers an impressive selection of draft beers.  Also tried their tasty mac & cheese Gouda bites served with an excellent chipotle aioli sauce.  So good, we ordered two servings! Everything was remarkable!  


Plaza Grill 

The Plaza Grill at Barona Casino is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the area!  They have a simple, yet diverse menu that would please most anyone.  I particularly enjoy the sushi made to order.  



Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 

Outstanding draft beer selection at Red Robin!!

Ramona Lisa Pizza

Friday night, 6pm and Ramona Lisa answered her phone promptly. The young gal on the other side tonight was so nice & helpful; and patient with Gail’s sandwich order (which came out perfect, according to her specifications).Me and the boy shared a small “Meat Eater” pizza ($12.99). Loaded up with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, salami & “beef”. And the perfect amount of cheese I have to say!

Some reviews of late have mentioned the doughiness, and I noticed that tonight. It wasn’t undercooked by any means, but seemed like it could have stayed an extra minute or so in the oven. I will say though that the dough did not taste as flat/bland as it had the last time! Sauce was also more prominent tonight with a decidedly better flavor.

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